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    The New Economy
    Infrastructure and the New Economy
    The Wall Street Journal | Opinion | August 4, 2008
    Helping Humanity Starts at Home
    By Harold Ford, Jr.
    DLC Chair Harold Ford, Jr. participates in a debate series asking the question: "How would you spend $10 billion of American resources (either directly or through regulation) over the next four years to help improve the state of the world?"


    Routledge Press | Article | March 22, 2005
    The Politics of Gridlock
    By Robert Atkinson
    It appears that Congress will finally reauthorize legislation governing the nation's surface transportation system. But even with new legislation, it's likely that when Congress reauthorizes the legislation again in four years that Americans will suffer from worse, not better, traffic conditions. In this new article, Atkinson examines how the politics of mobility that prevailed until the 1970s has since turned into the politics and gridlock, and what we can do about it.


    PPI | Testimony | May 6, 2003
    The Role of Road Pricing in Reducing Traffic Congestion
    By Robert Atkinson
    While technologies enabling no-hassle road pricing have advanced dramatically, federal and state laws and resistance by transportation agencies hold back this promising innovation.


    PPI | Policy Report | December 10, 2002
    Getting Unstuck: Three Big Ideas To Get Americans Moving Again
    By Robert D. Atkinson
    As they consider the first major federal transportation legislation of the 21st century, Congress and the administration need to go beyond the status quo and embrace fundamental reform, including increasing surface transportation funding, demanding real accountability for results from states, and harnessing market incentives to solve congestion.


    Washington Post | Editorial | November 10, 2002
    In Virginia, Roadkill Right From the Start
    By Rob Atkinson
    At some point, growing gridlock will again force us to consider taxing ourselves so our infrastructure can catch up with growth. If supporters can learn from this defeat, next time they'll have an easier time winning the hearts and minds of the voters.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 25, 2002
    It's Not Just Roads and Bridges
    By Robert D. Atkinson
    Building a physical infrastructure networked our industrial economy. Now we need more investment in the New Economy infrastructure.


    Stuck! DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 10, 2001
    Stuck!
    Volume 12, September/October 2001: America's growing Mobility Crisis -- and how to get out of it.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 10, 2001
    The New Politics of Mobility
    By Robert D. Atkinson
    Real progress in transportation policy depends on all parties finding common ground.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 1, 2000
    Mapping Our Way Out of Gridlock
    By Robert D. Atkinson
    We need more roads, smarter driving, and sensible development. New laws, and incentives, can give us all three.


    DLC | The New Democrat | March 1, 1999
    The New Economy Metropolis
    By Robert D. Atkinson
    Digital forces are driving dispersal.